Intersectionality and Artistic Practice | Chronic Collective


  • 20 Jul
  • 3pm - 4:30pm
  • Tickets by Donation

What is intersectionality, and how does it shape our experience of the world we live in?

In this relaxed and interactive talk, artists Tara Carroll and Áine O’Hara will introduce the topic of intersectionality and discuss how it applies to their practices both as individual artists and through the work they do together as Chronic Collective. Tara and Áine’s work exists at the intersections of their identities as queer, trans, disabled artists and as such the talk will be delivered through this lens, whilst acknowledging that these are not the only intersections that exist or may inform an individual’s experience.

Event Accessibility

This event is advocating for inclusivity and accessibility to the arts. We want to ensure the inclusion of our disabled and high risk peers by making this a masked event to ensure the safety for everyone in the space. We are aware not everyone can wear masks due to medical, access or sensory purposes. High quality FFP2 masks will be provided on entry and a HEPA filter in event space.

The talk will also be streamed live online via zoom, so that anyone who is unable to attend in person can virtually access the event. A link to attend will be sent by email just before the event event.

Rua Red is located 180 metres from the last stop on the Luas Red Line towards Tallaght. There is a flat, concrete path from the Luas stop to Rua Red’s main entrance. Nearby bus lines include the 27, 49, 54A, 65, 77A, S6, S8, and W2, which can all be found on Belgard Square West at ‘The Square Tallaght’ stop. To access Rua Red from this bus stop, cross the road and head towards the Luas stop, then continue on towards Rua Red as described above. The talk will take place in Rua Red’s Performance Space on the ground floor.

Tara Carroll

Tara Carroll is an artist whose social practice takes the form of performance, installation and creative social spaces. It rests upon the perception of the body, impacted by socio-political narratives; and its placement in individualistic society. Through difficult times of embodied conflicts as a queer disabled person, the community empowered them to carve new pathways of creativity and care. The work Tara create’s is to return this gift to people who also feel outside of art spaces and together break down preconceptions of what art can be and how to access unique perceptions of ourselves.

Tara is a studio artist in Temple Bar Gallery + Studios. Developed numerous projects including Art as Pilgrimage a durational socially engaged art project with older women supported by Creative Ireland Artist’s Bursary (2023); Community Grant, Kildare County Council (2023) and AIC Research and Development Award, Create (2022). Practice recently supported by Arts Participation Bursary (2024, 2023) and Create & hablarente International Residency Award (2023). Select exhibitons include 84 Steps to Solace, Plata Alta, Madrid (2023); STRIKE YOUR OFFENDED SENSES:A modest exhibition of artistic frivolity, Pallas Projects, Dublin (2021); CAOL ÁIT, cuid a dó, 126 Gallery, Galway (2020) CAOL ÁIT, Burren College of Art Gallery, Clare (2019)

Áine O'Hara

Áine O'Hara an artist whose work is constantly informed by crip* theory, the work of disability justice academics/practitioners and their own lived experience. They create spaces for joy, dark humour and play for sick/disabled artists/audiences, along with anyone who has been traditionally left out of art/creative spaces.

Recent awards include Paul Robinson Studio Award from Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, 2024; Associate Artist, Fringe Festival 2024; Next Generation Award from the Arts Council, 2022; Radical Spirit Fringe Festival Award, 2022

Recent projects include The Rest Rooms, 2022, Kevin Barry Rooms, National Concert Hall, Dublin; The High Risk Club, 2022, Chronic Collective and A4 Sounds, Dublin; A Consideration of All Bodies, 2021, The LAB Gallery, Dublin; Personal ads to the art world, 2021, Project Arts Centre; and The patient will see you now, 2020, A4 Sounds, Dublin.

Chronic Collective is a multidisciplinary art collective with a strong focus on accessibility. Run by two queer and disabled artists, Tara Carroll and Áine O’Hara.

Our practice tends to evade medium but focuses on community building, conversation and care. This may be an event, installation, social space, talk or publication. We create opportunities to platform disabled and/or chronically ill artists’ work and experiences to bring people together in a supportive and care focused environment catering to individual needs with a view to alleviating some of the barriers faced when creating and engaging with art.

We have created spaces/events/programmes for A4 Sounds, FSAS, Project Arts Centre, National Gallery, Pallas Projects, Dublin Fringe, Santa Mónica Museum, Barcelona, 126 Gallery and more.

They have been supported by the Arts council, Create and TBG+S.

Main Image: A photo of Tara and Aine sitting towards each other expressively talking as they do a casual presentation and discussion to a full room of people at Project Arts Centre. A large pink and green projection with text behind them. They both wear masks and vibrant clothes in their signature colours green and pink.